FAQ 15

Question:

I have held a memorial service for my ancestors with incense sticks. Is there any special kind of scent the spirits like? I’m wondering which incense sticks to buy because a lot of kinds of incense sticks are sold at the store.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • incense stick 線香
  • scent 香り

Answer:

The more smoke, the better. A spiritual body before going to heaven looks like Ectoplasm similar to smoke. Ectoplasma resembles the smoke of incense sticks and goes with it. Compassion toward the deceased rides on the smoke and is delivered to the spirit. So the amount of smoke is important. I use incense sticks with a sandalwood fragrance. The upper part of the spiritual world smells very good, while Hell really smells like a ditch. Where a lot of evil spirits gather does smell like a drainpipe. The smoke with good scent can relieve the spirits in need of consolation. Therefore when you hold a memorial service, it is good to offer incense sticks which gives out a lot of smoke and are good smell.

  • smoke 煙
  • spiritual body 霊体
  • look like A Aのように見える
  • similar to A Aに似ている
  • resemble 似ている
  • go with A Aに合う
  • compassion  哀れみ
  • the deceased 死者
  • ride on A Aに乗る
  • deliver 運ぶ
  • amount 量
  • sandalwood  白檀
  • fragrance 香り
  • upper 上位の
  • ditch どぶ
  • evil spirit 悪霊
  • gather 集まる
  • drainpipe 下水管
  • relieve 慰める
  • in need of A Aを必要としている
  • consolation 慰め
  • therefore それゆえ
  • give out A Aを放つ